Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Fairy Tales?

My work is changing and evolving as I work on it....I have become more interested in aspects of fairy tales as inspiration for work in our coming exhibition.
The tales, told by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, at first seemed to have themes of love conquering all, whether for a lover, a creature, siblings or a baby.
However, the more I think about them.........

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Visual adventures and delights

Bazaars and Souks have been an endless source of inspiration to Linda. The vibrant colours, clashing patterns, textiles, endlessly fascinating clutter and the expectation of what is round the corner or in the next stall is exhilarating.
Linda's work reflects the energy and excitement
found in her excursions onto these places of visual adventures and delights

Part 2 picture of the BB's

Kay, Louise, Chris, Susi, Linda

Curious Drawers Exhibition

Saturday May 1st - Saturday May 22nd 2010 at 'The Space' Stroud
For details of the Stroud International Textile Festival go to and see our previous post about the Festival brochure.

'Fragments of prayer cloth, antique tea chests overflowing with delicate fabric woven with memory and meaning, Japanese lacquer concealing origami kimonos, soft felt fruits wrapped and stacked, lost text, forgotten text, found text, re-invented text, miniature gardens with butterflies flying free of their pins, performance, story telling, recalled walks and landscapes imprinted, broken drawers, bottom drawers, petal thin drawers full of stranded and rescued objects, systems of numbers, self assembled drawers, memories recalled, hidden treasures revealed, cloth, wood, thread and paper all intricately and individually worked to produce ' Curious Drawers'..'

Corinne, Liz, Lizzie, Carolyn, Alison

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Liz's work for Curious Drawers

My 'Curious Drawers' will contain drawings, artefacts and pieces of work based on walks around my local area. There is a drawer about feathers and one about leaves.
While taking the dog for a walk [and didn't she love the snow] I became fascinated with the marks made by grasses sticking up through the snow in January.
The next drawer and subject for study is about the winter fields and hedges and the amazing variety of brown colours.
With the weather is getting warmer, everything is beginning to grow and I can soon move on to looking for 'spring greens'!

'marks in the snow'.

'hedgerow buds turning pink'

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Detail of work

Detail of 'gathered memories' from Chris

Gathered Memories for 'Curious Drawers' Exhibition

Chris has been looking back at experiences 'gathered' while travelling in search of how other people live their lives.. Photos, sketchbooks, artefacts and journal notes help the memory recall.
Chris' panels of collected, gathered mixed media and stitched work aim to create a reminder with each drawer's contents triggering a memory.

Monday, 22 March 2010


Hi everyone - I won't be able to make the meeting on Sunday but just to asure you I am working and have done my pieces for the BB shop. Have fun at the meeting. This image is the inside of an apple - this pattern reflects the amount of petals on the apple blossom. Kay

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

buttons - vintage fabric

Have just finished some covered buttons for the exhibition, really enjoyed it, have got a bit covered button crazy! Went to a rag fair on Saturday and bought some beauty vintage scraps, cant wait to turn them into buttons!

Family made

I have been working away for the exhibition - so much still to do!
My husband's grandmother made the most beautiful pegdolls - her hands were always busy with making things. Here is a pegdoll in the making that I am working on.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Louise's Knot Garden

Just finished this knot garden from the miniature garden series I am working on for Curious Drawers.
It has been seen at many Embroiderers Guild workshops unfinished so it was good to put the last few stitches in! Now on to the next!

Monday, 8 March 2010


Hi again - well I've done it. How about that - I could play with this all day but better get on with some work. Thanks Susi for setting this up.


Hello, this is my first time on our new and very exciting blog. Since our meeting I have been working on my 'pieces to sell' and have thrown away more than have been successful at the moment - keep working. Its all part of the process of making. Some bits are looking better than others. What fun this blog is - just another way to talk to everyone which is what we are good at.
Next I am going to try to upload and image -


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Stroud International Textile Festival

Stroud International Textiles
Follow this link to see details of the Stroud Festival for 2010 from 1st - 23rd May. The brochure for this year's festival is now out and details of our exhibition Curious Drawers are on page 18. This is the image
of the advert on page 67.

Friday, 5 March 2010


Welcome to our new web log!
This is a new venture for the Brunel Broderers and we hope you will follow us over the coming months.
It is an exciting time at present as we prepare for our next exhibition.
Visit our site at
Liz has just joined this blog and will add more later.